50% of people on Koh Samui already vaccinated, island eyes July 1 reopening

Jun 09, 2021 | 

The speedy rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to people on Koh Samui means the island should be able to reopen to tourists from July 1, a leading tourism industry figure has said.

Currently some 57,000 people, approximately 50 percent of the island’s population, have been vaccinated against the virus.

A further 36,000 people need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity, Ratchaporn Phoonsawas, president of Koh Samui Tourism Promotion Association, has said.

If the vaccination targets are met, the island is hoping to open from July 1 under the ‘Samui Sealed Route’ model, which would allow tourists who have tested negative for COVID-19 to stay on the island for seven days. 

After seven days tourists will be required to take another COVID-19 test, which if negative, would allow tourists to travel to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. 

Mr Ratchaporn said the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will present the plans to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), which are also expected to approve increased flights to Koh Samui.